French brasseries and boutiques are seen all over the country but the vibrant French lifestyle bubbles even more with wine bars, festivals, fine art, etc. They can be difficult to find if you don’t know exactly where to look, but fortunately Copenhagen’s French offers are gathered in one place: the lifestyle universe Voilà Francis. Now the universe is launched as an app, bringing French inspiration right to your fingertips.
The front man of the universe is the lifestyle ambassador, Francis, and is French with a capital F. Also, he’s a real gossiper sharing insider knowledge and tips on everything from gastronomy, design, shopping, events, culture, inspiration and travels - of course all with la Touche Française. Using your the GPS on your phone, Francis finds the nearest bistro between 150 addresses throughout the capital region. Francis also knows of all the exciting events, so his calendar is filled with macaron courses and wine tastings. Where do you find the best croissant in Copenhagen? Only a real Frenchman will know and Francis points to the best croissants, fromageries, etc.
A lifestyle universe is nothing without a community and therefore all French and Francophile connoisseurs are encouraged to interact, add events and addresses, and send tips to the team. The next expansion for Francis is of course a job board with French speaker profiles, a bulletin board where users can find their next nanny, buy or sell their collection of French stamps, network and much, much more.
Behind the universe are Nicolas Bonvalet and Romain Briche; French natives who have lived in Denmark for more than 5 years. In that time Nicolas Bonvalet has been involved in several projects of the French scene in Copenhagen and was particularly a co-founder of the French Art Day Festival in 2012 and 2013 in Øksnehallen, which hosted already more than 2,800 visitors in two days during the second edition. In 2013, after the success of this event and the strong interest of Danish people in all French things (gastronomy, culture, music, cinema, travel, etc), the team sat out to gather and celebrate the lively French lifestyle in Copenhagen. Today, the team behind Francis has expanded to include four members, and the universe itself is alive on multiple platforms in beta version: an app, a website and a Facebook page along with profiles on Instagram and Twitter under the name Voilà Francis (#voilafrancis).
Find your best, French friend here voilafranc.is